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New Residence will benefit RDC's future students

Date posted: 
Thu, 10/19/2017
RDC New Residence

Residence plans revealed at announcement event

Red Deer College leaders, faculty, staff and guests joined Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, for today’s special announcement detailing the College’s new Residence building.

At the event, the plans for the new facility were unveiled and, in the coming weeks, the plans will become a reality as the groundwork and construction begin. “The new Residence is part of the College’s Land Use Master Plan, and it is an important component for the future growth and development of Red Deer College,” says Morris Flewwelling, RDC Board Chair. “This building has been carefully designed to meet the needs of our learners, which is always at the forefront of our strategic planning.”

“The ability to grow the Red Deer College campus will address the current and future needs of students, support the community and create good construction jobs for Albertans. We are working to make life more affordable for our students and ensure as many Albertans as possible can access post-secondary education,” says Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education.

The new Residence, composed of 145 studio suites, is targeted to be complete by early 2019. From February 15 to March 3, 2019, the building will house athletes who are in central Alberta for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. After the Games, RDC students who have short-term educational needs, including Apprenticeship students, will have the opportunity to move in for the remainder of the academic year. In the fall of 2019, students will move into the facility. Throughout its yearly cycle, the Residence will be utilized by students, as well as adult and youth learners attending RDC’s Series Summer Arts School and Summer Camps, and individuals and groups on campus for training and other purposes.

“This new residence will have a positive impact on our students,” says Marian Young, Vice President Operations of the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. “The ability to live in a studio suite will appeal to many students who wish to remain on campus. Additional on-campus housing has long been needed at RDC.”

The College has had the vision for the new Residence for the last five years. In anticipation of approval and to be ready for the Games, RDC has been working with an integrated project delivery team since October 2016 to design and plan the building. This team, made up of representatives from 11 different companies, includes the range of consultants and contractors required to complete the project. By working together, the group is able to identify and solve potential issues during the design phase, which will save time and money once construction begins.

“A great number of people have been dedicated to the success of this project, as we all recognize how important it will be for RDC’s future and for our learners,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “We have designed a Residence that is unique and innovative, and it will serve the needs of our College for decades to come.”

With the new Residence building, the team has incorporated sustainable and energy efficient technologies through the use of vertically installed, electricity-generating solar panels that will cover three sides of the building. By utilizing this technology, the new Residence is another component of RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative, which promotes environmental stewardship. In addition to reducing RDC’s carbon footprint and decreasing utility costs, the unique installation of panels will allow students to learn about solar generation, as data from the new Residence building will be gathered and assessed by learners in the Alternative Energy Lab.

“We’re taking important steps forward in the future of our College, and we’re considering our students and communities, as well as programs, facilities and stewardship – all of the essential components that position our institution for success,” says Ward. “The new Residence is another part of this, and we are very proud to create a building that students can learn in and learn from as they enjoy College life. The building will be beautiful and functional, and it will position RDC as one of the leaders across Canada when it comes to integrating solar panels into the design and cladding of a residence facility.”  

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Photo caption information: (l-r) Kim Schreiner, MLA Red Deer-North; Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO; Morris Flewwelling, RDC Board Chair; Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education; Jim Brinkhurst, RDC Vice President College Services; and Barb Miller, MLA Red Deer-South.

For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Erin Forbes
Communications Strategist – Corporate